Everybody has their good days and bad days.After all, these constant ups and downs are a natural part of life. However, that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing people can do to lift their spirits up on days when things just don’t feel right.
The following are some of the simple tricks that actual therapists have told their clients and even used to cheer up themselves.
Don’t Skip Out On Self-Care
There’s a good reason why social media has been filled with posts promoting self-care and self-love as of late. They’re quite effective in altering one’s mood towards the positive end. Self-care can come in many forms from just getting some exercise to journaling to deal with one’s feelings and thoughts.
The important thing is to do activities that will be good for one’s self and body, according to licensed clinical counselor Lisa Choquette. She also touted the importance of practicing ‘gratitude’ by acknowledging everything that one is thankful for in life.
Meanwhile, New York City-based licensed clinical social worker Mollie Volinsky agrees with this tip. She recommends writing down things one is grateful for everyday including the small stuff.
Don’t Shy Away From Feeling
While it may seem counterintuitive, letting yourself feel down can actually help you feel better faster, according to psychotherapist and author Tina Gilbertson. In fact, she’s actually written a book about the exact same advice.
There are research which say that allowing oneself to feel exactly how one is feeling at a given and being able to label this feeling good or bad, is better than trying to distract from or fight it.
Being productive doesn’t always mean working. For example, simple chores and activities like clearing, cleaning and organizing certain areas of the home can actually help one transform their energy and mindset, according to speaker and writer Patricia Lohan.
Sleep on It
Meanwhile, Dr. Lina Velikova advises people to sleep it over when they feel down. According to sources, hormones that are responsible for feelings of happiness typically run low at the end of the day as the body subconsciously prepares to rest for the night.
Thus, getting enough sleep and allowing oneself to replenish the body with hormones like dopamine, serotonin and endorphins, will lead to an elevated mood in the morning.
Sleeping in is a luxury for people who don’t get enough sleep. But to those who do, hitting the snooze button over and over may only make one feel groggy at the start of an otherwise good day.
Thus, experts like certified emotional kinesiologist Belinda Ginter suggest people to get up slightly earlier than their usual time. This will lead one to feel more in charge of their schedule and their life.